Crime & Punishment of Friday, 6 August 2010
Accra, Aug. 6, GNA - A Circuit Court in Accra on Friday sentenced two missionaries of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) to various jail terms after finding them guilty on charges of conspiracy and defilement.
The convicts Omale Ojonugwnuwa, alias Elder Omale, a 25-year-
old Nigerian and Thatayaone Keeng, 20, from Botswana, were
evangelising on behalf of the church popularly called Mormons in
They pleaded not guilty to defiling a 14-year-old house help of a
next door neighbour, who runs errands for them.
The court sentenced Elder Omale to 10 years imprisonment for
conspiracy and defilement while Keeng was sentenced to seven years
imprisonment for defilement by the court presided over by Mrs
Georgina Mensah Datsa.
It said that the prosecution had established the essential
ingredients of the offences preferred against them, pointing out how
the victim gave a detailed account of the sequence of sex the
convicts had with her.
The court ordered that diaries belonging to the convicts tendered
in evidence should be returned to them.
Defence counsel prayed the court to exercise utmost mercy on the
accused persons because they are young, and would advise
themselves on what action to take.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sarah Ekua Acquah told
the court that the complainant was a dressmaker who lived with the
victim as her house help in Accra, and the accused persons had been
sending the victim occasionally.
She said on February 1, 2010, Elder Omale after calling the victim
under the pretext of sending her on an errand, asked her whether
she had ever been kissed, to which she responded in the negative.
ASP Acquah said Elder Omale called the victim to his room and
defiled her after which Keeng, who was in the room and witnessed
the act, also took his turn.
After satisfying themselves, they warned the victim not to
disclose the ordeal to her mistress otherwise she would be sent back
to the village.
ASP Acquah said on another occasion, March 10, the complainant
asked the victim to fetch some water from a polytank in the
But the victim could not find key to the polytank and went to the
accused persons for their key but they denied it was in their
ASP Acquah said that in the process, the accused persons defiled
the victim again but a friend of the complainant saw the victim enter
the accused persons' room.
The prosecution said the complainant asked the victim what the
accused persons invited her for.
ASP Acquah said that the victim said she had been defiled by the
The prosecution said the case was reported to the Domestic
Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police
ASP Acquah said that medical examination indicated that the girl'
hymen had been broken.